NCFR Recognizes Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth for Outstanding Mentorship

Dr. MacDermid Wadsworth

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) is proud to recognize Shelley M. MacDermid Wadsworth, Ph.D., CFLE, as the 2018 recipient of the Felix Berardo Scholarship Award. This award is given, following a rigorous review process, to an NCFR member who has demonstrated excellence in mentoring junior colleagues or students. Felix Berardo, the namesake of this award, was a beloved professor at the University of Florida who went beyond expectations in his mentoring of many students who became leaders in the family field.

Dr. MacDermid Wadsworth is a professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University, where she also directs the Military Family Research Institute and the Center for Families. Dr. MacDermid Wadsworth holds an M.B.A. in management and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in human development and family studies from Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on relationships between job conditions and family life, with special focus on military families, and has been supported by a variety of federal, state, and philanthropic organizations.

She has served on federal advisory committees for the Department of Defense and the National Academy of Medicine and has testified in the U.S. Congress regarding military and veteran families. In 2016, Purdue University received the Kellogg Award from the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities and the Higher Education Civic Engagement Award from the Washington Center in recognition of the work of the Military Family Research Institute.

Dr. MacDermid Wadsworth was named an NCFR Fellow in 2005 and is a recipient of the Work Life Legacy Award from the Families and Work Institute. In recognition of outstanding career achievements that have had an impact on society, she received the Morrill Award, Purdue University’s highest faculty honor.

In her nomination letter, Christina M. Marini, Ph.D., writes that Dr. MacDermid Wadsworth “is a champion of the next generation of scholars. She constantly leverages her success to provide enriched learning and professional development opportunities for students and junior faculty because she is committed to not only her mentees, but the field of Family Science as a whole.”

Dr. MacDermid Wadsworth will be recognized for her achievement at the 2018 NCFR Annual Conference, Nov. 7-10 in San Diego, California.

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